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New evidence reveals willful failure to recuse from oil drilling moratorium case despite full knowledge of conflicts-of-interest...
By Ernest A. Canning on 6/26/2010 4:06pm PT  

On Thursday The BRAD BLOG posted an article in which I offered the legal underpinnings supporting the case for the impeachment of U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman in light of his failure to recuse himself due to conflicts-of-interest in Hornbeck Offshore Services vs. Salazar [PDF].

The case for unseating the federal judge has grown still stronger at week's end, with new disclosures of his investments in the off shore oil drilling industry and what appears to be a very conscious decision to remain on the case despite them.

New evidence now suggests that the actions of Judge Feldman, at the very outset of the moratorium case, are particularly damning. Those new revelations support not only a case for impeachment against the Reagan-appointee who, as has also come to light, is reportedly a very close friend of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, but they also reveal a lifetime appointee to the federal bench who is simply unfit to remain in office...

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Controversial decision to block deep water drilling moratorium marred by conflict-of-interest...
By Ernest A. Canning on 6/24/2010 2:22pm PT  

Guest blogged by Ernest A. Canning

U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman, a 1983 Reagan appointee to the federal bench, issued what, on its face, would have to be regarded as an astounding decision [PDF] in which he blocked a six month moratorium on deep water off shore drilling, ruling that the Department of the Interior had erroneously assumed that because one rig failed, there was an imminent danger of others failing as well.

A perplexed Justice Department promptly announced that it intends to seek an immediate stay of Judge Feldman's preliminary injunction pending an appeal.

Setting aside what appears to be an inappropriate judicial intrusion by a Federalist Society-connected jurist into the prerogatives of the Executive branch in protecting public health, safety and the environment, setting aside the misguided notion that the burden rests with the government rather than the oil companies when it comes to demonstrating whether deep water drilling procedures are safe, Judge Feldman's decision --- and his failure to recuse himself despite conflict-of-interest concerns --- raises a significant question as to whether he should be impeached...

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By Brad Friedman on 6/24/2010 1:59pm PT  

Good for him. Now, at some point, he needs to hold his own "news" channel accountable for all the damage they've done as well...


Eric Boehlert at Media Matters has some related thoughts on whether the BP disaster will turn out to be Fox's "tipping point".

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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: The cap comes off, but is now back on; The moratorium is off, but may soon be back on; Fox you, Charles Krauthammer... PLUS: Asian Invasion in the Great Lakes! --- Asian Carp, that is ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Supreme Court lifts ban on planting GM alfalfa; Murdoch UK newspaper apologizes to climate scientist; What goes into (and comes out of) a barrel of tar sands oil; Four BP-style extreme energy nightmares to come; Coal industry costs W.Va. state budget millions more than it generates ...PLUS: America's magical thinking on energy ...

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By Desi Doyen on 6/22/2010 1:02pm PT  


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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Breaking: Moratorium struck down by judge, White House to appeal; Now it's 100,000 barrels of oil per day; More whaling?; Wildfires, floods and mudslides, oh my;...PLUS: Praying the Spill away ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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By Brad Friedman on 6/19/2010 6:35am PT  

On Thursday's Green News Report, I defended BP...sorta. It played on radio stations around the country, but nobody complained. I even gave an email address for hate mail! Didn't get a one.

What did I do wrong?

Here was my defense of the corporation...

Okay. Now let me have it!

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By Brad Friedman on 6/18/2010 1:36pm PT  

[Hat-tip Climate Progress, via @GreenNewsReport.]

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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Accountability, Big Oil, Small People, Shakedowns, $20 Billion, Hayward in the Congressional hot seat ... PLUS: The Fake President ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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By Desi Doyen on 6/15/2010 1:14pm PT  


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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: "The Nightmare Well"; Extreme storms in the Ozarks, but not a word from the climate denialists; Oil industry in the Congressional hotseat; PLUS: Will Obama finally seize the moment?... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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A MUST-WATCH, MUST-SHARE video report from the best news writing team in the business...
By Brad Friedman on 6/11/2010 11:27am PT  

Once again, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show demonstrate the best news writing in the business. Hands down. Period. No contest.

Last night, Maddow opened with a shameful side-by-side comparison of the aggressive action taken by Republicans last year to defund ACORN on the basis of secret video tapes which proved to be complete hoaxes, versus their nearly complete silence in regard to the deadly crimes and disasters of BP.

While ACORN received approximately $3.5 million in federal funding over each of the last 15 years, and Republicans were outraged about it, BP receives literally BILLIONS in federal funds each year for what it does, and it has actually killed people in the bargain.

Maddow's report is both stunning and obvious at the same time --- at least to anyone remotely involved in the world of actual fact and reality, which is to say, almost nobody else in the entirety of the corporate media (and, thus, the public.)

This report is what the news media are supposed to be doing --- connecting the dots that matter for the public. This is a MUST-WATCH and a MUST-SHARE (widely)...


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By Desi Doyen on 6/10/2010 1:45pm PT  


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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Even more of the Gulf mired in oil, while climate & clean energy legislation still mired in the Senate; Fossil fuel industry claims even more lives; Funny: How BP deals with spills ... PLUS: If you spill it, Kevin Costner will come ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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By Brad Friedman on 6/10/2010 10:57am PT  

Okay, so it's not exclusive. We lied. Just like BP. But it's very very funny...


[Hat-tip @JoshTPM]

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Happy World Oceans Day! (Sigh.)
By Desi Doyen on 6/8/2010 1:03pm PT  


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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Another very bad week for the fossil fuel industry: explosion, spills, & toxic dumps! Girding up for the long haul in the Gulf ... PLUS: Will Democrats finally use the BP Oil Disaster to pass clean energy legislation? And will the GOP keep lying about it? ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Murkowski's (R-AK) resolution is a step backward for American clean energy; EPA tightens Sulfur Dioxide limits; Scientists projects "Arctic death spiral"; Guilty verdicts in Bhopal tragedy that killed 15,000; Judge blocks Alaska's wolf-kill plan; Mystery crop damage threatens hundreds of acres; Renewables revolution to provide 95 per cent of global electricity by 2050...PLUS: Ten Things You Should Never Buy Again ...

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It's time for the corporate 'Death Penalty'...
By Brad Friedman on 6/6/2010 2:45pm PT  

Not satisfied with merely destroying the Gulf of Mexico, on Friday, BP reported the emission of more than 500,000 pounds of pollutants and non-pollutants in April and May at their refinery in Texas City, TX. The emissions included hundreds of thousands of pounds of deadly benzene, nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide.

Via Think Progress:

While BP touts the mild success of its most recent attempt to contain the massive gusher spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico, they would probably rather people don’t notice the other spill they recently caused, this one of deadly benzene from a refinery in Texas City, TX. The refinery released more than 400 pounds a day of the chemical over a 40-day period from early April to mid May of this year, BP quietly informed the state environmental regulator yesterday. Over that period, the refinery released 500,000 pounds of benzene and other toxic chemicals into the air, the Galveston Daily News reports [emphasis in original]:

Refinery spokesman Michael Marr said in its follow up reporting with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, BP estimated 36,000 pounds of nitrogen oxides and 17,000 pounds of benzene were released in the 40 days. State law requires 10 pounds or more of benzene and 200 pounds or more of nitrogen oxide during a 24-hour period must be reported through the commission’s air emissions database.

The bulk of the emissions during that time included an estimated 189,000 pounds of carbon monoxide and 61,000 pounds of propane, according to the company’s report to the TCEQ.

For the record, this is the same BP refinery where an explosion in 2005 killed 15 workers and injured more than 170 others. The company was forced to pay a meager $71 million in federal fines for that incident. It's as if the company has friends in high places, or something...

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By Brad Friedman on 6/3/2010 7:17pm PT  

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